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1. When should I consult a doctor for neck pain?
A doctor should be immediately consulted if the neck pain is after injuries, such as fall, accidents and fractures. Pain followed by weakness or numbness of any part of the body or accompanied by headaches needs medical attention.
2. Is Ayurveda useful in treating neck pain?
Ayurvedic medicines have been proven useful in treating neck pain depending on its cause and intensity. The natural medicines provide relief and release muscle spasms.
3. Can changes in postural habits help me manage neck pain?
Yes, change in one's posture can help in the management of neck pain. Physical therapy exercises and manipulation therapy can alter the posture in neck pain.
4. Is neck pain same as cervical spondolysis?
Neck pain is one of the symptoms of cervical spondylosis, but they do not mean the same. Neck pain can have a number of causes ranging from injuries to tumours, and patients should consult a doctor to evaluate the cause of neck pain before starting treatment.
5. Can long term neck pain lead to any complications?
Long-term neck pain, if not properly treated, can cause neck stiffness in the future. This affects one's posture, and in due course, can even worsen the quality of life. Hence, it is wise to begin treatment early.
The neck is made up of vertebrae extending from the skull to the upper torso. The cervical discs function by absorbing the shock between the bones. The supporting parts like bones, ligaments, and muscles allow the head for motion and provide support. Any kind of inflammation, abnormalities, or injury can cause neck pain and stiffness.
The occasional neck pain and stiffness may be caused due to poor posture or overuse or maybe due to an injury from a fall, sports, whiplash. If neck pain is not severe, it can be treated in a few days. If the symptoms of neck pain persist more than a week then seek immediate medical attention.
There are a variety of reasons for neck pain and few of them are
If the following symptoms last for a week then a doctor’s consultation should be taken:
Before starting the treatment, the doctor will perform a complete medical test. Also, the doctor should know about all the over-the-counter medication taken by the patient. The patient should inform the doctor about the accidents and injuries even if it seems unrelated. The treatment depends on the diagnosis done in the following ways:
Depending on the diagnosis following are the treatment options for the neck pain:
Few simple steps to relieve neck pain at home are: